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Lollipops Laced With Chickenpox: The Latest Online Deal?

Lollipops Laced With Chickenpox: The Latest Online Deal?

“Find A Pox Party In Your Area” reads the Facebook post. That’s right: Parents fearful of vaccinations are making deals with a total stranger who promises to mail them lollipops licked by children with chickenpox.

One of the Facebook postings from Wendy Werkit of Nashville, Tennessee, offered a ‘fresh batch of pox in Nashville shipping of suckers, spit and Q-tips available tomorrow 50 dollars via PayPal.’

Why Chickenpox Lollipops?

Some parents are wary of vaccinations, believing that these routine immunizations will lead to autism, or other health problems.

From NPR:

As parents fret, vaccination rates for kids have dipped. Childhood vaccination rates against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), for instance, fell almost 3 percentage points to 90.6 percent in 2009 from the year before, according to data from private insurers.

During the first half of August, we asked people across the country for their views on vaccines in the latest NPR-Thomson Reuters Health Poll.

Autism remains a top worry, with 21 percent of respondents saying they believe autism is linked to vaccines. About 7 percent believe in a link between vaccines and diabetes.

The evidence doesn’t support either of those views. The chair of an independent panel that reviewed vaccine safety and issued a clean bill of health in late August said at the time:
“The MMR vaccine does not cause autism. The MMR and the DTaP do not cause Type 1 diabetes. And the killed flu vaccine does not cause Bell’s palsy, and it does not trigger episodes of asthma.”

Three Reasons To Say No To Online Chickenpox

1.  It is unlikely to work. As The Daily Mail reports, Isaac Thomsen, a specialist in pediatric infectious diseases at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, said it’s unlikely the items will succeed in giving other children chickenpox. He pointed out that although it’s theoretically possible, it’s unlikely to work, since the chickenpox virus typically has to be inhaled.

2.  Even if it did work, your child might be the one who gets complications. Instead of the mild rash, he could wind up hospitalized. She could also expose other, unvaccinated people to the virus, and that could result in life-threatening problems.

3.  It’s illegal. It is a federal crime to send diseases or viruses across state lines, whether through the U.S. Postal Service or private services like FedEx or UPS. Remember anthrax?

As a mother, I am floored as to why any parent would consider not vaccinating their child against chickenpox, much less handing her a chickenpox lollipop. Is it time to have mandatory parenting classes for all pregnant couples?

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3:20PM PST on Nov 14, 2011

e!

4:59AM PST on Nov 14, 2011

This is without a doubt one of the most disgusting and sick thing I have ever read. Heaven knows what other horrid things could be on the candy.

5:10PM PST on Nov 13, 2011

~There are really weird people out there doing really weird things and this has got to be at the top of the list!~

10:10PM PST on Nov 12, 2011

Disgusting. You would rather have some kid's spit than a vaccine? Ludicrous!

5:08PM PST on Nov 12, 2011

People are retarded! I got a mild version of chicken pox in high school. Although I was sick as a dog every time I initially got vaccinated (I still have a phobia for needles) I am glad my parents went the conventional route.

5:06PM PST on Nov 12, 2011

People are retarded! I got a mild version of chicken pox in high school. Although I was sick as a dog every time I initially got vaccinated (I still have a phobia for needles) I am glad my parents went the conventional route.

4:17AM PST on Nov 12, 2011

Kathie J., not quite accurate. Read it again................

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pertussis


...........the key word is "MAY" only last for 3 years (pertussis) and the average is 5 - 10 years, and then a booster is recommended. If you never have had the disease, then you might pass off on the importance of being vaccinated. I was vaccinated as a child, but then no boosters as an adult. I am about 99.9% positive it's what I got in 2004, and I tell you what, I thought I was going to die. I have been healthy all my life, and especially as an adult. Haven't had a cold in 25 years, so when I got this cough, and it wouldn't go away, it racked my entire body and I had no energy, no appetite, couldn't eat, well.....???? I wish I'd had been vaccinated (boosters on a regular basis, but nobody told me). It lasted for almost 3 weeks, and antibiotics had no effect. One doctor said I had "walking pneumonia", another one said something else. Could literally barely get out of bed for days. I was lucky. I had a roommate that helped me and cared for my animals. Without help, who knows what would have happened, as I was getting too weak to fend for myself.

10:02PM PST on Nov 11, 2011

I've heard everything now -- BIG YUCK!

4:54PM PST on Nov 11, 2011

if you want your kids to get the chicken pox at an early age then find other people who have them, dont buy or tell candy on line that has it. All you have to do is touch it and you get it and people usually only get it once

12:21PM PST on Nov 11, 2011

dawwwwwwwwwwwwww just like nature intended. grow your own immune system. like the olden days when you were always with people, and your baby stuck everything in their mouth that fell off the floor, or licked tables and rocks and dogs, or ate insects.

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